University of Cambridge, both in genetics. He then went to the California Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow with Hershell Mitchell. In 1979, he returned to the Department of Genetics in Cambridge where he has been based since, as Assistant in Research, University Demonstrator, University Lecturer, Reader in Developmental Biology and Professor (Ad hominem) of Biology (since 1991). Dr. Ashburner’s major research interests are in the structure and evolution of genomes. Most of his research has been with the model organism Drosophila melanogaster, about which he has written the standard research text (Drosophila: A Laboratory Handbook, Cold Spring Harbor Press, New York, 1989, 2nd ed. 2005). He was a member of the consortium which recently sequenced the entire genome of this fly. His research has covered a range of subjects, from classical genetics, developmental biology, cytogenetics to evolution, at both molecular and organismal levels. Dr. Ashburner is a founder of FlyBase, a major database for researchers using Drosophila as a model organism, and of the Gene Ontology Consortium, a project to provide infrastructure for biological databases by a defined taxonomy of gene function. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and of the Academia Europeae, a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, and past president of the British Genetical Society.
Isaac K.O. Cann is Assistant Professor in the Department of AnimalSciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.Sc. at the University of Ghana and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Mie University in Japan. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Microbiology at the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1994-1997, and was then a Research fellow at the Biomolecular Engineering Research Institute in Osaka, Japan. Following that he was a Senior Research Scientist at the Biomolecular Engineering Research Institute. Since 2001, he has been Assistant Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a faculty member of the Institute for Genomic Biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Microbiology, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Edward F. DeLong is a Professor in the Division of Biological Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. in bacteriology at UC, Davis and his Ph.D. at UC, San Diego in Marine Biology. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology, a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Marine